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Friday 22 July 2022

Four Iconic Female Musicians Highlight Devastating Effect Of Human Behaviour On Our Planet In Run Up To Sussex Show

Individually they're one of the strongest female fusions seen on the global music stage. Now, following the success of their Woman To Woman tour & album of 2018, Beverley Craven, Judie Tzuke & Julia Fordham, are back together and playing in Sussex, this November.
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In addition to the live shows, they will also unveil new single Humankind, an environmental rock/pop anthem with a sobering and thought-provoking video, which highlights the devastating effect of human behaviour on our planet

"When Jude played us the demo on her phone both Jules and I were struck by how this beautiful song could carry such a powerful message," says Beverley Craven.

As the pandemic enforced a global hiatus of live performances, close friends, Beverley Craven, Judie Tzuke and Julia Fordham knew that as soon as they could get back together, a new Woman To Woman UK tour would be their priority. 

New to the circle of melodic friendship is a special guest with BRIT nominated, Rumer, who gelled instantly with Beverley Craven when they met at a charity event.  

BRIT-Award winning singer/songwriter, Beverley Craven, became a household name in the early 90's with the release of her eponymous debut album. 

Further big hits followed but as she became increasingly disillusioned with the music industry, Beverley went into semi-retirement to concentrate on raising her family. 

2004 saw Beverley smash back onto the global music scene with a handful of live concert appearances; but fate had other plans, as the star's highly publicised breast cancer diagnosis unexpectedly took centre stage. Following successful treatment Beverley was given the all-clear in 2008.


Looking back on her illness Beverley says: 

"In many ways it has been a positive thing, it has given me a new lease of life. It's made me realise I just need to get on and do stuff that I enjoy. 

"For a long time I had no interest in sitting down at the piano. I completely lost that vibe, but now it's back and I'm going out and giving it my best."

Judie Myers was born in London of an English Mother and a Polish extract Father. Her father's family were Polish immigrants who settled in Yorkshire in the 1920s. 

They had changed their name from their original Polish name, Tzuke, to Myers as they tried their hardest to fit into a totally English way of life.
 
After an education in the arts, music and drama, by the age of 15, Judie spent most of her time writing poems which she turned into songs and playing folk clubs, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. 

In 1975 she met Mike Paxman, and together they started to write the songs that were to become her first releases. 

After making some demo tapes, they managed to get a record deal with David Bowie and T.Rex producer Tony Visconti's label, Good Earth. 

Judie decided to change her name back to her Tzuke. Her debut single, These are The Laws, was recorded and produced by Tony Visconti and came out under the name of Tzuke and Paxo. 

Over the next 40 years, Judie Tzuke became one of the UK's most prolific singer/songwriters; touring relentlessly.  

When not working on her own recordings Judie has continued to explore her ability to write beautiful songs, working with a large number of artists including Lucie Silvas, Morcheeba, Tom Baxter, David Saw, Kirsty Hawkshaw, Gareth Gates, Alex Parks, Ryan Dan, Hybrid, Fragma, Alesha and many others: 

"I have to think it's all possible or I might as well stop, and I don't want to stop now - I don't want to be thought of as an artist from any particular era, I feel I am just as much from the 70s as from this decade... I'm just doing what I do."

A home grown natural talent, Julia Fordham began writing and performing her own songs at local folk clubs in the south coast of England when she was just 14. 

A few years later she was invited to be a guest singer with the UK's, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, which sparked a lifelong love of the Jazz genre. 

At 16, Julia started working at Radio Victory in Portsmouth, where she loved being in the studio singing jingles and doing the voice overs for commercials.

In 1988 Julia signed with Virgin/Circa Records, releasing her debut album simply titled, Julia Fordham. 

Successive albums followed and after 2004's devastating tsunami struck in Asia, Julia became closely involved in a charity project to help rebuild a school in India, by donating the proceeds from a Happy Ever After remix. 

Julia Fordham continues to tour with her extraordinary vocal range and heartfelt songs. 

A luscious contralto that she wields with an almost operatic command, it is one of the most strikingly beautiful voices to be heard in pop.

Rumer is a British singer/songwriter whose voice has been described as being reminiscent of Karen Carpenter. 

Her 2010 platinum-selling debut album, Seasons Of My Soul, reached No.3 in the UK charts, selling over one million copies and earned her a MOJO Award for Best Breakthrough Act. In 2011, she was nominated for two Brit Awards. 

Southern American folklore tells of song-catchers: individuals who possess a spiritual, almost supernatural, connection to the music of a culture. 

They gather important songs and preserve them, providing voices to give them life and ensuring they're remembered.  

Rumer is one such a song-catcher. Songs written by the British singer, like Slow and Aretha, made her a worldwide million-seller but she also has an unerring instinct for the work of others. 

"After having a baby, I was living very quietly in rural Arkansas and my husband was away a lot on tour," she says. 

"I got lost in laundry and housework and sleepless nights. I just wasn't able to find the space to write and I wasn"t sure when I would be able to again."

Life changes notwithstanding, the singer's deep-seated desire for music discovery has been a constant throughout her career and it eventually led her to Nashville on a search for hidden gems.

The results of her search became Nashville Tears, which owes its existence to Rumer's long-time desire to find the saddest of sad songs Music City had to offer.  

Woman to Woman - featuring Beverley Craven, Judie Tzuke & Julia Fordham and special guest Rumer - play Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion on 3rd November 2022. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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